Water Polo Edged out by St. Francis, 14-11

Junior Scott Stephens
Junior Scott Stephens

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – After defeating Connecticut College earlier in the day, MIT water polo fell to St. Francis College (N.Y.), 14-11. Junior Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) led MIT with three goals. The Engineers are now 6-8 for the season.

Following a scoreless first period, leaving MIT trailing behind the Terriers, 2-0, junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) scored MIT's first goal, which was followed up 26 seconds later by another by freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.), tying the game up. After one goal by Stephens and sophomore Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and three more by the Terriers, the second period ended with MIT narrowly behind, 5-4.

Just 20 seconds into the start of the third period, Clark scored his second goal of the game, followed by Stephens with his second goal. In the final two minutes of the period, junior Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) and Cheney both scored a goal within 40 seconds of each other. St. Francis, however, still held the lead at the end of the period with a score of 9-8.

With goals from Stephens, Dorne and a final one from Rogers with 42 seconds remaining on the clock, the Terriers remained in the lead, 13-11. With eight seconds left, Mark Dzigurski snuck the ball past sophomore keeper Spencer Boone (Thousand Lakes, Calif.) to raise St. Francis' score to 14 just before the clock ran out.

Throughout the game, Boone made eight saves, while Igor Mladenovic made an impressive 21 saves.

MIT will take a break before returning to the pool to host the Division III Championships on Oct. 20-21, while St. Francis will host Harvard the same day.